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Frozen in Time: Direct File and Colorado’s LWOPs

The second installment of a two-part online exclusive to "Direct Fail."


Read “Direct Fail” to learn more about how Colorado’s policy of sending some juveniles to adult prison.

Trevor Jones is stuck in a legal loophole—and he may never get out. The 32-year-old is serving a life without parole (LWOP) in Limon Correctional Facility. He’s one of nearly 50 direct filed juveniles in Colorado that were given LWOPs before the sentencing practice was abolished in 2006. The new law ensured that kids like Trevor Jones would never serve life in prison, but it wasn’t retroactive. So Colorado’s LWOPs wait.

LISTEN: Trevor Jones, life without parole

Recorded at Limon Correctional Facility on November 10, 2011

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